Sliders & Curveballs
By Mike & Joseph
A Father and his now 11 year old son are figuring out the sports world together. Forty years of experiences separate Mike and Joseph. Both will try and tackle history’s classic debates and the modern sports landscape. Everything’s fair game. It’s their perspective. They’re probably horribly wrong.
Sliders & Curveballs Sep 04, 2023
Live from: The Court of Dreams
The birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts is the host location for today’s show. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. We’re honored to podcast beside over 400 inductees. Join us in exploring the games greatest teams, players, and coaches. Go behind the scenes of this newly renovated and fully interactive sports museum.
Sep 04, 202325:37
Exclusive Practice Rapid Reaction
The 2023 NCAA Basketball Champions, UConn, are back on the court with 6 new faces on the club. The champs are holding a VIP practice for 400 season ticket holders at The University of ST Joseph’s, West Hartford. Do they have what it takes to repeat this year? Joseph and I bring you the post practice scouting report.
Jul 29, 202321:41
The Polar Park Experience
Rain, rain go away, we’re shipping up to AAA. Home of the Woo Sox in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ready to share our sights and Sounds of the Game. It’s a rematch of the 1986 World Series ball clubs. The Red Sox vs The Mets. We’re down on the farm, with a park designed by our friend, preeminent baseball architect, Janet Marie Smith.
Jul 09, 202338:43
Jamaica to Storrs
It’s the 10 year Anniversary of UConn’s 2nd dual championship in basketball. No other school has done it before. Celebrate the historic event with us and guest~ UConn 2014 champion Kentan Facey. Relive every basket and hear the full story from the huddle to the court. It was a magical time in Storrs.
Jun 22, 202351:49
Basketball, hockey, football and baseball. Connecticut’s, Bob Joyce, walks us through a broadcasters journey. Voice of the dynasty, known as UConn Women’s Basketball, shares all. Can Bob handle Joseph’s best sliders & curveballs? We dive into UConn’s past, present, and future with all sports angles covered. Even the view from behind home plate.
May 30, 202301:10:17
The Heat Is On
Jason Tatum vs Jimmy Butler for all the marbles. The 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Championship is on the line. We’re in attendance and live from Boston with our Sounds of Game7 at the TD Garden. No NBA team has ever come back from the 0-3 grave. Derrick White’s last second put-back, in Miami, made it possible. Find out if history is made and how it all unfolds. Celtics vs Heat. Win or go home.
May 30, 202336:26
Hop On The Caravan
Our Championship episode, featuring UConn’s sharp shooter, Alex Karaban. How does a red shirt year turn into a title season? Listen in for Alex’s thoughts on his teammates, opponents, the Final Four, a Hartford parade, and calamari. There’s no topic off limits. Celebrating Championship #5 together.
Apr 26, 202344:15
We’re broadcasting live from the #UConn Mens Championship Parade in the Basketball Capital of the World. Special guests, live reaction, the trophy presentation and more in Hartford, Connecticut. Experience the confetti flying and horns blowing as you’re surrounded by thousands of loyal fans! #UConnNation
Apr 08, 202332:18
Opening Day Fenway
Can’t skip school or work. We’re doing it for you! Join us live, from Boston’s Bleacher Bar, as we eat and preview Opening Day from under the bleachers. Then come experience our Sounds of the Game and kick off the 2023 MLB Season as the Boston Red Sox battle the Baltimore Orioles, at historic Fenway Park.
Mar 30, 202340:21
On The Mound with Lenny
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and 2004 World Series Champion, Lenny DiNardo joins the show. The now NESN Studio Analyst takes us from his Minor League days, through his playing career overseas, and eventually facing MLB’s best hitters. Experience breaking the 86 year old curse, the duck boat parade, Dad’s bloopers, and Lenny’s Super Bowl Bingo Card.
Feb 11, 202347:57
34 combined Championships. MVP players at every position on the court. We road trip to Boston for our latest game-day experience. It’s the next chapter in the storied Celtics/Lakers rivalry and LeBron James is about one week away from breaking the NBA’s all-time scoring record, held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. We bring you the Sounds of the Game. We’re live in Bean-town and The TD Garden.
Jan 29, 202338:42
NY Times National Baseball Columnist, Tyler Kepner, joins the show featuring his newest book~ “The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series.” Experience every thrilling moment of the Fall Classics with us.
Dec 18, 202201:12:38
Joker On Causeway
It’s Veterans Day and we’ve traveled to the city of Boston. Join us for a special sounds of the game as the Celtics and Jason Tatum, welcome 2x MVP, Nikola Jokic, of the Denver Nuggets, to the TD Garden. We’re sharing our family sports adventure. Go green!
Nov 12, 202226:00
Next Generation Huskies
Recorded live in the studio for the first time in 2 years, we’re joined by #UConn beat writer, Dave Borges, to preview the 22/23 Men’s basketball season. Scouting reports, spies, starting lineup, new faces, and dual championship dreams in Connecticut.
Oct 01, 202255:07
Tales From The NBA
Grab yourself a media credential and join us in the pressroom. Longtime NBA media journalist, Chris Bernucca, tells his stories and opinions on the greats including Bill Russell, LeBron James, Shaq, Kobe, and Michael Jordan. He ranks the top 20 legends and walks us through the contenders and pretenders in the upcoming 22/23 NBA season.
Aug 28, 202201:05:43
Celebrating episode 50 together in Atlantic City, New Jersey at The 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention.
Jul 31, 202224:07
It’s an American League East Division Collision. Aaron Judge, chasing 61 home runs, and the New York Yankees have the best record in baseball with 63 wins. We go live to Yankee Stadium for the Sounds of the Game as arch rival Boston tries to spoil the day and keep pace in the 2022 Wild Card race.
Jul 18, 202237:17
A GOAT vs The Goats
Three time CY Young award winner and World Series Champion, Max Scherzer, pitches in a rehab start vs our local AA team, The Hartford Yard Goats. Listen in as WFSB, Sports Director, Joe Zone, helps us preview the start and Hearst Media favorite, Dave Borges, brings you post start reaction. It’s Sounds of the Game with Mike & Joseph.
Jun 30, 202220:29
Father’s Day Live
It’s Juan Soto, of the Nats, vs Kyle Schwarber of the Phillies on 6.19.2022. We’re broadcasting to you from Nationals Park, in the Naval Yard, on the edge of the Anacostia River. Sounds of the game from our Nations Capital on my favorite day of the year.
Jun 20, 202221:54
The Boston Red Sox vs The New York Yankees is the greatest rivalry known to sports. Yes, we can prove it. Listen in to NESN’s, Tom Caron, as he guides us through the fiercest competitions in MLB history.
Jun 08, 202234:60
All Access Yard Goats
Join us on a VIP Tour of Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, CT. We talk baseball with GM Mike Abramson, Manager Chris Denorfia and Game Day Conor. Dugout, press box, YG Club, tossing out the first pitch, and Joseph announcing the 6th inning LIVE for 7,000 loyal fans.
Jun 05, 202254:54
It’s a heavyweight NBA matchup between Boston’s, Jason Tatum, and the defending champion, Buck’s star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Win or go home on Joseph’s 10th birthday. Experience the sounds of the game from The TD Garden in Boston.
May 16, 202214:27
3 Point King
On December 14, 2021 Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen to become the NBA’s All Time Leader, with 2,974 career 3 pointers. Author, Marcus Thompson, takes us inside, The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry in his book- GOLDEN.
Apr 09, 202245:44
Points, Pints, and MSG
Joseph & Dad hit NYC for the first time together. Mom and the James family keep us laughing all day long as we road trip for a UConn matinee at the World’s Most Famous Arena. It’s time for sounds of the game, from center court, at Madison Square Garden.
Feb 14, 202209:46
What’s it like watching a game from floor seats? Joseph and I take you inside the sounds of the game as the UConn Huskies battle the Red Storm and the Boston Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls. Both games were thrillers in the final seconds. Two wins in one week! Experience how it all unfolded with us.
Jan 16, 202238:51
Mickey Mouse vs. The Boston Celtics
NBA insider, Keith Smith, from the Celtics Blog, explores the Boston Celtics past, present, and future on the show. We know who can win the 21/2022 NBA title and learn Keith doesn’t own anything in the colors purple or gold.
Jan 08, 202246:33
Party Like It’s 1999
Kevin Freeman, 1999 UConn NCAA Champion, takes us inside the locker room. Experience his recruiting process. Feel what the first Coach Calhoun practice was like. Kevin’s favorite countries, foods, and championship teammates. A player view of Connecticut’s first Final Four and that incredible Monday night game vs Duke. Plus, Joseph loses his tooth on air!
Nov 17, 202137:32
The shrug, the shot, the flu game, the sneakers, and six NBA championships. Get to know the world’s most famous athlete through the eyes of his biographer, Roland Lazenby. Michael Jordan- The Life.
Oct 17, 202138:24
On The Diamond
Wall Street Journal, MLB writer, Jared Diamond, previews the 2021 baseball playoffs and his book~Swing Kings. The hitting instructors that launched JD Martinez and Justin Turner into elite home run machines. A colorful cast of outsiders changed the game. Plus, we know the World Series Champion.
Sep 25, 202130:30
Author, Jon Finkel, uncovers how a stolen team’s legacy gave rise to the NBA’s secret empire. Hoops Heist. Seattle. The Sonics. Plus, who are the top 10 greatest basketball players of all time?
Aug 24, 202125:11
Three generations of UConn fans, including Conor Geary and Jared Kotler, explore our Championship history and the future of the Men’s basketball program playing in Storrs, Connecticut.
Aug 16, 202139:56
He’s a World Champion and two time NBA MVP. Listen to author, Mirin Fader, share with us the fairy tale story of Giannis Antetokounmpo- “The Greek Freak.” An improbable rise to super-stardom.
Jul 22, 202122:52
We go behind the scenes with UConn Athletic Director, David Benedict. Our discussion includes the return of fans, life of an AD, Hall of Fame coaches, scouting reports, NIL law, and more from Storrs, CT.
Jul 09, 202131:05
NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, & Topps card collecting. Joseph’s ready to share his opinion on all the hottest players, teams, and Summer sports topics.
Jul 01, 202135:29
Join the party! It’s my cohost, Joseph’s, 9th Birthday and everybody stops by the show to celebrate and wish him a great day and year.
May 11, 202116:06
SABR member, Ralph Carhart, joins the show to discuss his book The Hall Ball. One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball.
Mar 31, 202154:04
Marching Towards Madness
John Fanta, pxp voice, of Fox College Hoops and the Big East Shootaround takes us from Madison Square Garden in NYC to the 2021 NCAA Tournament host state of Indiana. Together we’ll find out what UConn’s strategy should be for another magical March run.
Mar 09, 202144:42
You Can’t Topps This
We’re celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Topps Baseball Cards with professional fine artist, Paul Jennis. Take a closer look at his incredible 2021 Game Within The Game Topps cards. Plus, we announce our first “Pitch Us A Question” baseball card contest winner.
Feb 17, 202118:14
If You Build It
Two guests. Double the fun. First, the Husky Ticket Project, stops by to talk UConn and their special youth game experiences. Then, baseball’s preeminent architect, Janet Marie Smith, takes us behind the scenes of her iconic projects including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and the brand new Polar Park.
Jan 30, 202144:07
Hot Stove Trivia
Kicking off season 3 with former Baseball Almanac contributor, Adam C. MacKinnon. Adam helps us keep America’s pastime red hot as we learn about his new book. Test your baseball knowledge on today’s show.
Jan 15, 202142:46
Join us for an after hours, wood bat factory tour, with owner, Kyle Drone, of Dinger. We’ll learn how bats are made and which MLB players are breaking records hitting them.
Nov 16, 202025:19
Best selling author, Joan Ryan, educates us on the power of team chemistry. Her new book entitled Intangibles, is a masterclass for high performance, teamwork, and winning at school, work, and in a ballgame.
Nov 09, 202042:34
Excited to be joined by NBC CT, news anchor, Kevin Nathan. Hear his incredible stories from behind the scenes at the Olympics, Final Fours, the World Series, and Super Bowl.
Oct 05, 202042:47
Hall Of Fame Advice
We’re honored to host, Coach Jim Calhoun, on today’s show. A tribute to a lifetime in coaching, his family of players, and the memories of a Hall of Fame career.
Sep 21, 202027:48
Live From The NBA Bubble
National NBA writer, Ben Golliver, from the Washington Post, joins us live from Orlando, Florida. We host a VIP look inside the NBA’s exclusive 2020 campus plus we preview Ben’s upcoming book- BUBBLEBALL.
Aug 25, 202026:25
The Hartford Courant’s, Dom Amore, previews the UConn Men’s Basketball Season with us on the show today. Enjoy an insiders look at the coaches, players, and stories from The Basketball Capital Of The World, Storrs, Connecticut.
Aug 04, 202042:54
Joined by John Shea, from the San Francisco Chronicle, Co-author with Willie Mays of "24: Life Stories And Lessons From The Say Hey Kid." We'll hear the stories of Willie's extraordinary Hall of Fame baseball career. We have your ticket to the Polo Grounds, Seals Stadium, and Candlestick Park to experience the life of a Legend.
Jul 12, 202032:16
Joe D. Meets Joe D.
Joe D’Ambrosio, veteran play by play voice of the UConn Huskies, joins us on the podcast today. Four Men’s National Championships, unforgettable buzzer beaters, dual title memories, advice for our 8 yr old sportscaster, plus his favorite Coach Calhoun stories.
May 28, 202041:28
Swing For The Fences
Glove, bat, and eye black ready. How can you celebrate a Spring birthday without baseball? We dig into the history of the game.
May 09, 202001:03:07
Meet The Wax Packers
Today our guest is Brad Balukjian, author, of The Wax Pack. On The Open Road In Search Of Baseball’s Afterlife. Learn what happens when he vows to track down the players from a single pack of 1986 baseball cards. The journey of a lifetime.
Apr 25, 202028:40